By Ellen Probert Williamson
Is it possible that you are a dowser or, as dowsers are sometimes called, a water witch?
Dowsing is an ancient craft using branches of the witch hazel or willow tree to locate the presence of underground water. The dowser holds a wishbone-shaped, forked branch straight out before him and walks up and down, back and forth, over the terrain where he hopes to find a water source and construct a well.
25 Years Ago
Harriman Utility Board passed sewer rate increases that hiked business rates as much as 395 percent and residential user rates about 60 percent. The increase was necessary to fund construction of a state-mandated new wastewater treatment facility.
More than 100 low-income Tennesseans are receiving free legal assistance every month through the OnlineTNJustice.org website, but backers of the project want to serve more.
"With one in five Tennesseans in poverty, and with most of them having access to a computer in a library, church, or other location, we are doing all we can to spread the word that Online Tennessee Justice is a great place for them to turn to when they need help with legal problems," Memphis attorney George T. "Buck" Lewis said of the project.
By Josephine McKinney, Community correspondent
I want to go back in time to the days of Santa Claus, the big man in a red suit. And how it was when we lived on the farm and walked three miles to the little three room school house in Swan Pond community — no swans, no pond — but for some unknown reason that was what it was called.